High School Girls

May 16, 2012

South Girls' Regional Report (May 16)

by Rhiannon Walker | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Lucy Sexton, Vero Beach (Fla.)
Sexton scored three goals to help the Fighting Indians to an 11-4 halftime lead and finished with a game-high five goals in the final game of her high school career, a 22-6 defeat of Bishop Moore (Fla.). Sexton is one of six Indians seniors who graduate with four championship rings.

Amanda Leavell, St. John's (Texas)
The junior midfielder was instrumental in the Mavericks two championships this week. In four games, she scored 18 goals and had 8 assists. On the season she has 52 goals and 22 assists thus far and leads the team in caused turnovers.

Emily Wechsler, Hockaday (Texas)
Wechsler's goal in overtime helped Hockaday to a 19-18 win over the defending state champions, St. John's in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League's Division I championship in Austin on Sunday. After scoring two goals in Saturday's 11-10 semifinal win over Cy-Fair (Texas), the sophomore scored five goals in the championship match.

Games to Watch

Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) at Green Hope (N.C.) – May 19, 11 a.m.
Charlotte Catholic is gunning for its second state title in the last three seasons, and the Cougars are out for revenge after losing 9-8 to Green Hope earlier this year. They have a chance to forget about their only loss of the season on Saturday. It won't be an easy task, as Green Hope has posted its best season in recent memory. Who is North Carolina's queen?

Westminister (Ga.) vs. McIntosh (Ga.) – May 19, TBD
The GHSA Class A-AAAA state championship matchup has been set. Let the fun begin. McIntosh hasn't been challenged much on its path to the championship game, winning each contest in the top half of the bracket by at least eight goals. Westminster snuck past Holy Innocents in the quarterfinals, 10-9. But none of that matters now, as everything else is brushed aside. It's on.

1. Vero Beach (Fla.), 22-2
The Fighting Indians won their seventh straight state championship with a 22-6 defeat of Bishop Moore (Fla.) in the FHSAA finals, extending their winning streak against in-state opponents to 93 games.

2. Milton (Ga.), 16-4
The Eagles play Walton, a team they beat 18-7 in the regular season, in the semifinals of Georgia's playoffs on Wednesday. If they advance to the championship game, Milton would face the winner of Roswell-Alpharetta. The Eagles beat Roswell in late April and have yet to face Alpharetta.

3. Green Hope (N.C.), 19-0
One more game. That's all the Falcons need to complete an undefeated season and win the NCHSAA state championship. The Falcons will play Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) for the title in a rematch of mid-April's exiting 9-8 finish that Green Hope won.

4. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 19-5
The Hornets should take pride in making to the state championship, especially considering their road was anything but easy. When the Hornets made it there, they were unable to stop Vero Beach (Fla.)'s scoring assault, losing 22-6.

5. Winter Springs (Fla.), 20-2
Winter Springs tripped up against Bishop Moore (Fla.), the eventual state runner-up, 18-16. The loss came just three days after avenging a loss to Lake Brantley (Fla.).

6. Westminster (Ga.), 19-2
Westminster's loss to Lassiter (Ga.) a month ago seems to have been the wakeup call the Wildcats needed. They're on a five-game winning streak and have their eyes on the GHSA Class A-AAAA's championship Saturday against McIntosh (Ga.), a team they've yet to play this year. Westminster topped Chattahoochee (Ga.) 20-7 on Tuesday night in the semifinals.

7. Hockaday (Texas), 19-4
Sophomore Emily Wechsler's overtime goal gave Hockaday a 19-18 win over St. John's (Texas) in the TGHSLL Division I state championship contest Sunday. Wechsler scored five goals in the championship game after scoring twice in Saturday's 11-10 win over Cy-Fair (Texas). The Daisies knocked off a St. John's team that was looking for its third straight state title.

8. St. John's (Texas), 17-4
The Mavericks were denied their third straight state championship by Hockaday (Texas) in a hard-fought, 19-18 thriller. Still, St. John's had one of the South's finest seasons.

9. Cy-Fair (Texas), 13-4
Cy-Fair had an opportunity to face St. John's (Texas) for the teams' third meeting this season in the TGHSLL state championship. That was until the Iron Maidens lost to the eventual state champions, Hockaday (Texas) in the semifinals, 11-10.

10. Lassiter (Ga.), 14-5
The Trojans were knocked out of the GHSA lacrosse playoffs by Roswell (Ga.) in the first round, 18-14. Lassiter was 2-3 in its last five games of the season, with losses to Milton (Ga.), Walton (Ga.) and Roswell (Ga.).

News and Notes

While Winter Springs (Fla.) failed to advance to the state championship, the Bears do have something to celebrate: senior Kris Coppolino led the nation in goals (101), assists (82) and points (184). ... Congratulations are in order for two new state champions. In Alabama, Vestabia beat Oak Mountain 13-8 to win the state crown. And in Tennessee, Hutchison topped Ensworth 20-8 to win it all.

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